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Cooley Glen/Emily Proctor Trails

Trail Overview

Stream views, Long Trail access. Combine three trails for a nice overnight backpacking trip. Total loop is 13 miles.
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Trail Activity
Hiking
Length
6.70 miles, Network
Difficulty
Advanced, Strenuous
Towns
Lincoln (VT), Ripton (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt
Pets
Unknown
Fees
No
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Description

Cooley Glen Trail: From the trailhead, the trail turns left and follows an extension of Forest Road 201. It crosses the New Haven River on a bridge, then stays on the north bank of the river and enters the Breadloaf Wilderness. The trail ascends the western flank of Mount Cleveland and meets the Long Trail just south of the Cooley Glen Shelter at 3.2 miles. Maximum elevation change is 1460 feet. Average hiking time is 2.25 to 3.75 hours.

Emily Proctor Trail: From the trailhead the trail turns right and ascends an old woods road that enters the Breadloaf Wilderness. The trail leaves the old road, staying on the southwest side of the New Haven River, and crosses a small river before making a steep and rocky ascent to the clearing in front of the Emily Proctor Shelter at 3.5 miles. Maximum elevation change is 1820 feet. Average hiking time is 2.5 to 3 hours.

Loop: Connecting the Emily Proctor Trail and the Cooley Glen Trail via the Long Trail makes a long day hike or an overnight trip of 13.0 miles. The Long Trail climbs over Mount Roosevelt and Mount Wilson, which is the highest point of the hike with a maximum elevation change of 2085 feet. Average hiking time is 12 to 14 hours.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in on all trails. Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage will be minimal in Wilderness Areas.

No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles.

 

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Green Mountain Club website, or contact:

US Forest Service
Phone: (802) 767-4261
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Green Mountain Club

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037
gmc@greenmountainclub.org
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Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7 to the intersection with Route 125. Travel east on Route 125 for 6.6 miles, and turn left onto Forest Road 59. Travel 4.7 miles on FR 59 to its intersection with Forest Road 54, and turn right onto FR 54. Travel 4.1 miles on FR 54 and turn right onto Forest Road 201, which dead-ends at the trailhead parking at 0.4 miles.

From Rochester, travel north on Route 100 to the intersection with Route 125. Travel west on Route 125 for 9.1 miles, and turn right onto Forest Road 59. Travel 4.7 miles on FR 59 to its intersection with Forest Road 54, and turn right onto FR 54. Travel 4.1 miles on FR 54 and turn right onto Forest Road 201, which dead-ends at the trailhead parking at 0.4 miles.

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becksfakk
August 15, 2022
Great hike today, just under 12 miles in 95% shade. If you start from the Cooley side, there is a great overlook/peak to lunch at ~6.4 miles. Some mud on the LT, but almost completely dry and always a way through it. Water available for the first and last ~2.5 mi. Some bugs, but nothing biting at the Emily Proctor shelter. Low-clearance cars should be careful on the (thankfully short) Forest Service road to the trailhead - our rental Nissan Maxima scraped bottom going both ways.
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